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Grateful Dead Live at Beacon Theatre on 1976-06-14

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Grateful Dead Live at Beacon Theatre on 1976-06-14

Topics Live concert

Cold Rain & Snow, Mama Tried, Row Jimmy, Cassidy, Brown Eyed Women, Big River, Might As Well, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication, Tennessee Jed, Playin' In The Band The Wheel, Samson & Delilah, High Time, The Music Never Stopped, Crazy Fingers-> Dancin' In The Streets-> Cosmic Charlie-> Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower-> Around & Around, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Beacon Theatre
Location New York, NY

Source Soundboard
Taped by
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Reviewer: Jerry's-Kid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 6, 2017
Subject: Still WOW
I wrote a review on this show 13 years ago and still have to say the sound just blows me away. One of the best quality I ever heard. I was so happy that I was able to download this show in SHN Format before they took it away. It's still in my top 5 of all time. '76 was I think the best year for the boys, primed up for '77.. I feel '77 is overrated because of Barton Hall.. Don't get me wrong it's a hot show I love it.. I guess it's the person.. Enjoy!!
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 23, 2017
Subject: Wheel is turning..
"The man next to you is your brother"
Goes for our sister Donna Jean as well.
Reviewer: John L. White - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2013
Subject: Solid
Another solid 6/76. Just a great month. Many lyric slips with Jerry, but the vocals are tight and the playing is adventurous. Crazy Fingers bridge is outstanding and the Slipknot! is a journey.

The board is sweet with decent stereo separation that is always a bonus. As always, a bit dry for a SBD, but clean at least.

Thanks Betty.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2013
Subject: --
More excellence from June '76; still not quite up on a par with some of the Boston run, but who's complaining? :) We have some real knockout jams here, a band completely tight and plugged in.

Set 1 is very nicely played, Supplication cool as ice, and capped of course by that delirious Playin' in the Band. The band melts the jam down not once but twice, and there is a lot of activity going on throughout - this monster creation is worth sitting through the set, just to hear its cumulation.

Set 2 flirts with disco-swing, a heavy dose of funky bass thrown in; dig Phil on Samson, and again when Dancin' so coolly emerges from Drums....this little mini-suits ends with a sublime drop in to Cosmic Charlie (listen to that crowd go insane!). A second mini-suite, H>S>F, follows - **wow** - especially that Slipknot deconstruction - Jerry and Phil assure us they know *exactly* what they're doing.

THe band does then have a bit of trouble igniting the double-timing of A&A at the end, as they always seemed to (but isn't that awkwardness part of the charm?)...they manage to turn it into something fun.

A great show, very exciting -
Reviewer: jackstraw72 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 20, 2012
Subject: Wow!!
Dark Star Orchestra just played this show in Springfield Ohio! FREE!! I have heard this show before but never like the one here on Archive!!Whoever posted this show!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! Crazy Fingers!!! One of my all time Favs!! Jerry and the boys are always alive in my heart!!
Reviewer: sweetsuzyGD - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2012
Subject: The Dream
Wow. What a magnificent show from the boys. I have always been a huge fan of 73, but this show is by far in my top 5. The Cosmic Charlie is so melodic and dreamy its unreal. The tempo through out the whole is show is a bit faster than usually, but that just furthur more shows you that they were honestly turning themselves on. Pure bliss.
Reviewer: lbforlb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2012
Subject: A perfect contrast to '77
Mid-year '76 has always been in the shadow of mid-year '77. It shouldn't be. This Tour period of '76 was really really good. Understated, jazzy, intellectual. Pleasurably subtle vocals by Donna, and a beautifully serene piano by Keith. Any rust of the hiatus is gone and they are expanding the Sound in unison. Once they get to the middle of '77, it's more like: "We're here, listen to this!" The famous '77 run is steroidal in contrast with this run in '76. This show keeps you in that warm, fuzzy, sleepy state of mind. May '77 screams "Wake-up!" June '76 whispers, "sleep tight........"
Reviewer: fibber - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2011
Subject: not underrated at all
Very nice recording, but I always felt this was a pretty average show for this time period, and listening to it again after 25 years doesn't change my mind at all. The long jams in Playin and Slipknot in particular go pretty much nowhere. The next night at the Beacon, 6/15, has way more intensity and fire, a proper New York show, with 6/19 Capitol Theater making at least two better shows that week...
Reviewer: auntibutterfly - - July 4, 2011
Subject: look at the set lists...
and listen again. wow. u tell me as I was not there but a cool venue. Cosmic Help; gravity throughout second set, too. I dig the pulls here.
Today is 2011-06-04.
All victory due to our beloved brave Captain! He was by far the strangest any could find. I miss him even more on holidays.
Who doesn't love the red white and blue?
..."learned to duck....", how 'bout you?
Reviewer: gratefulvince - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 24, 2011
Subject: Crazy Fingers!
Best Crazy Fingers ever. It's like this sick Tango-like jam at the end - I'm really bad at describing music but this is the best CF I've ever heard. I have this show in SBD if anyone wants it shoot me an email.

Overall great June '76 show, if u like the other ones you'll enjoy this whole show.
Reviewer: Mr. Completely - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 28, 2011
Subject: this one is unique for about 45 seconds at the end... the transition builds. The main theme of the jam is the normal CF outro-jam mode, though.
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 11, 2011
Subject: THE underrated show?
This, at least to me, is THE underrated Dead show. Everyone I knew had this tape but it just didn't seem to get the hype it deserved. This sbd sounds a world better than my old audience tape.

Everything is played to perfection. Personal highlights include a beautiful High Time, Cosmic Charlie and just listen to Phil attack Dancin'. Even Donna is bang-on for the majority of this performance.

Even if you're not a big 76 fan, be sure to check this out - it's a gem
Reviewer: benmayo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 13, 2010
Wow. I know '73 and '77 are the honey years, but this is super sweet, through and through, and the sound is clear as it gets here at the archive.
Excellent--5 stars without any reservations.
Reviewer: myhungryhippo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 10, 2010
Subject: wow
is right!

great mix as well.
Reviewer: bobby33914 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 31, 2009
Subject: WOW
Man, I can only imagine what it must have been like to be at the Beacon this night, definitely a DREAM SHOW FOR ME. ENJOY!!
Reviewer: 101beacon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 16, 2009
Subject: '76 is the balls!
Archive dot org is the greatest website ever.
Reviewer: JboneST - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 10, 2009
Subject: Franklins!!!!
The Franklins Tower just had my wife and I dancing 'round the living room! Love the early Frankins! Wicked sick!!!!
Reviewer: deadmax - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2009
Subject: The whole show...
is fast-paced for '76 and expertly played. Takes off with a fast and bright BIG RIVER. Set closer PITB is 18 min. and everything you expect.

2nd Set highlights. Bob asks the eternal question what would happen if the music ever started? The set really begins at CRAZY FINGERS which is beautiful with a stunning outro that has a different seque into DANCIN. This version is very large and upbeat. COSMIC CHARLIE wants to steal the show and almost does, it is an upbeat version with everyone present and beautiful leads. They tune up for the next set of songs and we are glad they do. Phil takes the lead into HELP ON THE WAY and everyone lets him as they all join in. SLIPKNOT! is always a favorite for me and this one does not dissapoint. Starting off very exploratory, devolving into its drums/space-ness that it has want to do - they go to some real primordial places here for sure. It gets down to just Jerry and the drummers then Phil joins in with some sublime Leshy Phil-o-drama. The experimentation goes on until Bobby brings the rythm back and they all come back to the surface to run and dance on top for awhile. This starts to sound a little like the Dark Stars of '69. Really. They all finally find a common vector in the universe to meet at so they can bubble into FRANKLIN'S TOWER. This is a really fine transition too. Too bad it goes into a very so-so FRANKLIN'S. The playing is good but they've lost the mojo they had and can't seem to concentrate. AROUND is not sounding stellar but still nice. Jerry is confused and tries to get fast too early and you're not really sure what they're going to do but they get slow again only to get fast in the next line. Then they just end it.

US BLUES kicks butt not.

Very nice show overall, well worth the listen. I'm thinking 6/11 and 6/12 were better shows though.
Reviewer: SteveOK - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2009
Subject: wow
the sound quality is amazing. and the show rules hard. even donna sounds good.
Reviewer: vadernader - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2009
Subject: very nice sound
As a drummer, it drives me crazy if I cannot hear the high hat and cymbals properly. This is one of the few 76 shows that has really nice sound qaulity on the cymbals.

The crazy fingers is sweet, even if Jerry cant find the right scale during part of the song =/ they make up for it with a nice jam at the end... and hey that's how they rolled...
Reviewer: scum beat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2008
Subject: he's just goofin'
In the '70's that Bobby would often says it's Bill's or Mickey's birthday or anyone else in the band, even Uncle Bobo. Goofing on the crowd no less, always out for a laugh.

oh, and this show rips too!
Reviewer: paulypecker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2008
First off,awesome show. Am I missing something here? Why does Bobby say it's Phil's birthday when it's on 3/15? I don't get it. Wrong show here? Or someone else named Phil in attendance? Any feedback from you guys out there? It's buggin' me.
Reviewer: cb18201 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2008
this show is really really good, prolly one of my favorite shows and by far the best crazy fingers of 76 maybe even the best one ever. sit back, light one up and enjoy! also check out 6/26/76 if you like this show.
Reviewer: skullsnroses - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 18, 2008
Subject: Man oh Man
1976 is the best right!?! The dead go into the Emanant space of the Divine during Fingers.

The one and only 5 star rating for just one song from this head. You can pretty much count that the last 6-8 songs 2nd set in 76 are face melting.
Reviewer: Dylan M - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2008
Subject: 76 magic
Really heady Crazy Fingers>Drums>Dancin'

probably the best of both of their kinds.

The Fingers is supper bouncy, flawless on vocals, and has great key backing to the guitar carnival team of Garcia/Weir/Lesh

Good times with great shows. Anyone have this, i'll trade other quality 76 SBDs if so.
Reviewer: Lemmy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, 2008
Subject: Fantastic Show!!!
This is so sweet. The sound is Grate and the jams are oh so ON! One of the best from this year...
Reviewer: WolfmansBrother - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 1, 2008
Subject: four little letters
about sum it up: L*E*S*H. check him out on cassidy. 1000 cycles indeed!

oh, and it ain't his bday, no matter what bobby sez. i think they all had a birthday every night that tour.
Reviewer: Ellis Van Sofa - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 30, 2007
Subject: i love Donna
but she is really off on some of the songs (esp. The Wheel & High Time)

The Crazy Fingers -> Franklins segment is excellent. i especially enjoyed the unique jam between Help & Slipknot.
Reviewer: Neil Skelton - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2007
Subject: This is why I love 1976
The Bicentenial, The Return of the Mighty Grateful Dead heady times indeed. Cosmic Charlie( one of three)9/25 is the standard, but....

The band is much tighter than 20 days ago in Oregon.

Beautiful Sound. Dont be afraid to embrace 76' it's a great high energy year.


Neil Skelton
Reviewer: audiohead22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2007
Subject: Another Gem - A Must Have!!!
Just wanted to say thank you to whomever posted this show. An absolute gem! Right up there with the 6/4 show 10 days earlier. The sound quality is impecable for a 30 year old show. Clean as a whistle with a very nice mix. I must give praise to the efforts involved. Thank you so much for sharing the beauty!

Reviewer: CarbideHead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 18, 2007
Subject: One of the Best Ever
Yes, this show is one of the best ever. On this night, the Dead pulled it all together and kicked down to those lucky enough to be at the Beacon. No need for this show to appologize to any night (exept maybe 5-8) of 1977. First off, the sound quality of this show is pure and exceptional. The mix is perfect, clarity right on and no background hiss. Wow.

One of the reveiwers below stated that he felt that this Crazy Fingers might be the best ever. Well, I agree with him 100%. The Crazy Fingers from 6-3-76 is also very nice, but not as nice as this show's. In fact, this Crazy Fingers is fore sure the Best of '76. Unfortunatly, after 76', the Dead take a long Crazy Fingers break until '82. By this time, (just facing facts, Jerry's voice isn't what it used to be, its a different sound, ect..... So check out the Crazy Finger. No disapiontments. The Jam in the middle is flawless and the Jam into Dancin' is golden.

This show also has one of my favorite High Times in all of the 70's. Its sweet, beautiful and even Donna seems to be on it for this one. Also, dont forgetthe killer Help/Slip/Franks and a super tight Cosmic Charie.

What a great show. Dont miss this one.
Peace @
Reviewer: DeadDave50 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 10, 2007
Subject: Sound Quality
Amazing sound for a 190+VBR playback....
Reviewer: Tampa Red - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2006
Subject: Wow, there were shows this good AFTER 1974?!?
Yes, I too get pretty silly over the best of 68-74, which is why this show is such a revelation. I believe I may like this even better than the legendary 7/18 Orpheum show. Worth it for the jam out of Crazy Fingers alone, and the sound quality must be heard to be believed. If anything truly deserves to be called "close to perfect" (my definition of five stars), this is one of the ones.
Reviewer: rollandfin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2006
Subject: yummy
I love this show so much, i've got it to share for the responsible fans,

WOW Quality, my favourite show of 76? sweet and tight jimmy row, cold rain and snow Sounds Great, better than any 73-74 version, thankyouverymuch Mickey, Jerry and Kieth fight it out in Help, and the Crazy fingers is top shelve, Donna sounds great. might as well might as well : ) great wheel, and the lightning is a couch potatoe, what else do you want?
Reviewer: USBlues1977 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 10, 2006
Subject: Best Show for you of 76?
I dunno either, but what I do know is that the Might As Well kicks ass, but will it pay for Bobby's kid's college? I dunno that either, but for all of us here using this fine site, I hope so. Cheers.
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2006
Subject: 200 years ago
GD 6/14/76 - it's hard to imagin 200 years after the american revolution we still have US Blooz...

Cosmic Charlie is so good - even Donna. Pace is slow and all the mic's are right on. Great mix. SB is mint. Help starts out like a theme song, Slipknot turns onto Powerful Blvd, and friggin Franklin's will steal your face -- but it's sooo peaceful and jazzed thruout

boyz were tight tonight!
--- ahhh the 70's.

...listen, learn, forget, remember
Reviewer: DavidGlasses - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 3, 2006
Subject: Donna ruins it
This show could be so awesome. But by the second set, Donna's vocals are so egregiously and constantly out-of-tune that it ruins the listening experience. I actually stopped the CD and removed it from my stereo after she'd butchered "The Wheel" and "High Time." And usually I'm able to overlook Donna's caterwauling and yelling, and the occasional flat note. But in set two, she is off on every note. My God-- what an exercise in frustration. Plus, Jerry's playing is superb. If you could remove Donna's vocals, you'd have as top-flight a show as any that the band ever played.
Reviewer: TranscendentalFloss - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2006
Subject: Best Slipknot->Franklin transition ever?
I don't think I've heard one better. A great example of how "out there" they could get without losing each other.

I don't know if I've heard another show where every single band member was having such an incredible night all at once. That it was Phil's birthday makes it special, I think he's using a fretless bass, but from Jerry's virtuosity, to Bob's synchopation, Keith's wonderful noodling, and I don't think that I've ever enjoyed the two-drummer configuration so much, this show is amazing. (In later years it seems Bill and Mickey would be fairly conservative during the songs, reserving their best drumming for their solos.)
Reviewer: Petey G - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2006
Subject: Around & Around
overall great show and recording. I haven't heard it in years. I always loved the Around and Around -- not my favorite tune but this is my favorite version. Don't know why they didn't play in this fashion more often.
Reviewer: Petey G - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2006
Subject: Around & Around
overall great show and recording. I haven't heard it in years. I always loved the Around and Around -- not my favorite tune but this is my favorite version. Don't know why they didn't play in this fashion more often.
Reviewer: dankmaker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2006
Subject: this is it
this is what it's all about. Nice sound quality, great jams, definately a favorite of mine. i will recieve this one someday from a miracle working brother. for now i'll just sit here, listen, and enjoy. nothing more i can do.
Reviewer: StarGuy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2006
Subject: Terrific show!
Like many, I'm a '68-74 true believer. And I marvel at the best of '77, though it in no way rivals the best nights of '72-73. But check this one out, friends. The best sound I've heard on Archive, a great venue, and a special night. Deserving of five stars, IMHO. Peace.
Reviewer: StrawRider - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 6, 2005
Subject: Dum-De-Dum
So the Dead think about 'retiring' then come back in 1975 with the Blues For Allah material, play a few shows in that year and then come out in 1976 with yet again another re-invention of their sound which isn't exactly '74 or '75 or anything BUT 1976. What other band do you know of has so many different sound philosophies throughout their career? Not many even come close and that is one of the reasons why we of the DeadHead fold love this band with such devotion and seemingly never tire of listening to them!
This Beacon Theater show is a prime example of what the Grateful Dead were all about in 1976, a year that sometimes gets overlooked or at least under-valued due to its linear proximity to the banner year of 1977. But without this year of musical exploration and material development, none of that would have happened...right?
For some time I kept this June 14th show in the back of my mind, having some of it and most of the other Beacon shows already but still knowing some day I would need to download the entire show to hear what it had to offer. Well, how could I not download this show first? How could I have waited for over a year to get it all? Perhaps it was my blind preference to 1977 and other great years such as 1968 through 1974. Whatever the reason, all I can say is that I'm glad to finally have this great show and I want to talk about just one song...
Is this the best version of Crazy Fingers? Maybe, maybe not. All I know is Garcia still can sing it here in '76. It was subsequently dropped for an incredibly long time until its re-visitation in '82. Yet, Crazy Fingers was never the same. It never achieved the fluidity and grace that it had here, unfortunately. The instrumental jam at the end is so hypnotic, isn't it? Anyway, that's just one song here and all the songs could be analysed for their given merit but let yourself be the judge. Get this show and find out.
On top of the fact that this is a wonderful show, the sound here is primo too!
Reviewer: Mt700 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 26, 2005
Subject: Great Show.
Laid back, yet intense all at the same time!
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 20, 2005
Subject: Another one of the best of 1976
Great sound quality. The band is tight throughout, as are the vocals. A beautifully sung Jerry/Donna duet on the Wheel, a perfect High Time (rare for this period), great Music Never Stopped, and the 1976 version Cosmic Charlie -- a real gem. Crazy Fingers is also a highlight.

Even the "disco Dead" version (as we old-timers called it at the time) of Dancing in the Streets is hot, with Phil and Jerry on fire.
Reviewer: findyouself - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2005
Subject: perfect
dead at their best.

crazy fingers is beautiful and has some jam at the end! Slipknot! is super long (13m?) and goes so far out you wonder if itll come back.

this show will make you smile smile smile
Reviewer: gemsing777 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 11, 2005
Subject: I think Donna is even turned down a little bit....
All the reviews are correct I've read since streaming the first song "crazy fingers."....crispy, soaring, resigned, relentless melodies.
Reviewer: geerice - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2005
Subject: Sound's Phenomenal
INCREDIBLE SOUND, Great Setlist, Great Year... do yourself a favor and get it right now
Reviewer: Conewrench - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2005
Subject: wow!
Reviewer: mrjones6977 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2005
Subject: nearly flawless
One of the first tapes i had. Here upon revisiting fifteen years later, its easy to see why i fell in love with this band. Tight throughout, great setlist. Vocals are on. The standards are at the top of their game from big river through mama tried and the classics are impressive for both their jams as well as for the seeming ease with which the band pulls them off. Relaxed yet intense. Can't say enough about this performance.
Reviewer: bonk - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 6, 2005
Subject: for you 77 freeks
Lets just say to get to 1977 grateful dead,there had to be a transition to "that" sound.1976 is it.In fact,if you listen closley,they are very similar in style!
Reviewer: Boss - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2005
Subject: Fat
Pure Fat... the whole show... A keeper for the soul.
Reviewer: pnc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 14, 2005
Subject: Crazy Fingers!
This Crazy Fingers could be my favorite version of any tune the band ever played...its just that good. Jerry sounds sooooo sweet and the playing is...wistful.

But there are many reasons to go for this show...Help>Slip is rough for the time, but endearingly just plain rocks. I could go on...but won't.

Oh, very nice sound...
Reviewer: Capt. Cook - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2005
Subject: O Sweet Joy
Wow!!! The band is just jumping with energy in this show. Great versions of The Music Never Stopped, Might As Well, Cosmic Charlie. The sound of the drums is crystal clear and Phils bass is wonderfully booming. The vocals sound young and fresh and very happy. Boy. Why can't every show have this kind of Sweet Joy! I hardly ever give 5 stars but yea, any show that opens a second set with The Wheel, and sounds as sweet as this, crank up the ipod!
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 23, 2005
Subject: Top Ten!
Whenever I'm burned out listening to all the great 1972, 1973 or 1977 shows (LOL, we're all getting spoiled, aren't we?) I always turn to my 1976 collection. And I'm never disappointed. The first few shows of the year sound a little rusty in spots, and understandably so with the the year off from touring. But by mid June, they had re-discovered the magic groove, and this show is a testament to that fact.
Not only were they experimenting with some new sounds and styles in 1976, they also started to offer some interesting set lists - mixing newer songs with old favorites from the earlier days like Cosmic Charlie, High Time and Cold Rain. Here we get a fine mix of those songs, plus new additions like Lazy Lightning and Cassidy.
The Playin is full of tasty jamming by all, plus some fine inter-drumming between Bill and Mickey.

Set Two starts with The Wheel, rare and a good omen! Then we get a stellar version of Crazy Fingers that approaches Dark Star territory at times. And what hot versions of Music and Dancin! You'll be hard pressed to find better ones in 76.

Everyone seems to like the 6/3 version of Help>Slipknot, and I'll admit I haven't yet heard the 6/10 offering (next show on my list). But this version is tops in my book. Slower than 1977 versions, but at over 17 minutes, very inspired and unique, with great counterpoint jamming between Phil and Jerry.
This show often ranks 2nd for the year in Deadbase, listen and you'll see why! A sparkling SBD that will make you feel you're on stage with the band. Heartily recommended!
Dr. Flashback ;-)
Reviewer: skwimite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 17, 2005
Subject: best sound of 76
Without a doubt, the best sounding show of 1976. Really sweet Cosmic Charlie too!
Reviewer: Joe Shlobotnick - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 24, 2004
Subject: crisp
While not necessarily a stellar show (4+ stars), this recording is, by far, one of the most beautiful you'll ever hear. Listen to the range displayed by all the instruments on Crazy Fingers... the drums, the keys, the bass & guitars, mixed with a wonderfully on-key Donna singing back up, and you'll feel like you were there. I have DL'd at least a hundred discs since I found this site a few months ago, and I have yet to find any that sound as beautiful as this. Nice job!!!
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2004
Subject: Excellent!!!
Hot cold rain opener row jimmy brown eyed, ripping playin - crazy fingers into a gargantuan (maybe one of the best) dancin... this one is for the ages.

i had this on a maxell xl IIs tape that was hissy and recorded off the radio that dated from 1982 was never impressed with this show until now - this is a smoking show. for anyone that has ever been to the beacon it is prob the best place in new york to see the dead and has a wonderful tear the roof off vibe - obviously they got it as i believe this was their first show there.
Reviewer: Walmsley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 20, 2004
Subject: killer show
great quality recording, great set list, especially the second set. A must have, rockin' good time. Also check out 6-15 for a truly blistering let it grow!
Reviewer: Bizzle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 4, 2004
Subject: Awsome!
Intresting set list, can't get any better on the sound quality. A must have!!!
Reviewer: KidKoala - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 1, 2004
Subject: Get this show
A+ sound quality
A for show content
Reviewer: swinnies - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 9, 2004
Subject: Help>slip>franklins!!!!!!!!
Great sound overall, no noticable problems, and it's so Crispy!!!!
you can really pick out keith during this show especially in the intro of samson &delilah, which is a great jazzy version...the wheel played before this is a nice solid mellow version with a hot little jam before the close..playin is nice and long and charges hard into the final verse with a bang! (i'm reviewing the songs backwards sorry). an inspired high time continues a solid set II that includes only the second cosmic charlie since 71 (the other on 6/4/76).

the help>slip>franklins is mesmerizing!!! you forget where you are during this sequence!!!! In my opinion one of the best improvisational jams of the entire year!!!!!!

you need this 76' in your collection!!!!! 5 for quality! 4 for the show itself...i don't like giving 5's out....

In my top 3 for the year!!!
Reviewer: jci35 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 11, 2004
Subject: Good sound
I may be prejudiced because I had this when I was a kid but I always liked this show. Sound quaility is five stars.
Reviewer: johnnyg3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2004
Subject: Distinctive Sound of 76
This is a really good copy of a classic 76 show. 76 often gets overlooked because of 74 and 77. 76 has its own sound and groove. And I love it. I am way partial to the groove of 76. I have always had a hard time putting it into words but then I realize I don't have to.
Reviewer: chinacat72 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 5, 2004
Subject: Classic example of the '76 comeback shows
You can't go wrong with a board of this show. Betty was on her "A" recording game in June '76. The performance is good too, particularly the second set -- High Time is very nice, Crazy Fingers is good, the Slipknot is mindbending. The 1st set closer Playin is good and long. That's one song the band still could sink their teeth into right after the layoff.

Sound quality 5 stars. Although this is one of the best June '76 shows (imo), the best shows in '76 are from Sept.-Oct., so I rate the performance at 4 stars.
Reviewer: GJR - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 27, 2004
Subject: Crispy
This show defines good sound quality. The set list is solid and typical for '76. It is all presented so beautifully, which makes it a much-worthy download.
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